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Grilling Secrets

Cedar plank grilling is a home chef’s dream – a virtual test kitchen embodied in a simple cedar plank.  While plank grilling is very easy, there are many ways to experiment with this cooking method.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

Experiment with timing

  • How long you soak the wood impacts the flavoring that comes from the cedar plank.  For a sweeter, smokier flavor, soak the plank for a longer amount of time.
  • For salmon, 20 minutes works fine.  For ribs or other meat that is on the grill longer, soak the plank for two hours.  Remember, you can presoak the plank for up to 24 hours.

Experiment with flavor

  • For a smokier flavor, preheat the soaked plank on the hot grill with the lid closed for about five minutes per side until the plank begins to pop and crackle. 
  • We’ve told you to soak the plank in plain water.  Guess what?  You can experiment with that, too!  Try mixing one part water with one part of something else – like wine, fruit juice or beer.  Use your imagination to create your own special flavoring.
  • To enhance the flavor transfer of the cedar into the food, rub the soaked plank with coarse salt.
  • Try something easy!  Use bottled teriyaki sauce or a vinaigrette salad dressing to season salmon and vegetables.
  • For the best results and flavor, do not open the grill lid too often!  A closed grill prevents heat loss and flavor-enhancing smoke.

Experiment with variety

  • Coastal Cuisine® Grilling Planks are ideal for grilling salmon on the grill. 
  • Our grilling planks also work wonders with ribs, chicken, vegetables and fruit.  Check out our recipe section for creative ideas to get you started.
  • Double-up:  try loading a plank with an entrée and a side dish.  For example, grilling vegetables alongside salmon is mouthwateringly delicious!


A time-saving tip:  If you fall in love with cedar plank grilling and do it frequently, you can pre-soak and freeze the planks ahead of time.  The planks defrost quickly when placed on the hot grill!

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